September 30, 2016

Continuing Resolution Keeps Government Running

The U.S. House of Representatives and Senate overcame partisan political obstacles Sept. 28 to pass a short-term government funding bill, known as a continuing resolution (CR), that will fund the government through Dec. 9 and avoid the immediate threat of a federal government shutdown.

Major obstacles were resolved over funding to address lead contamination affecting drinking water in Flint, MI, and emergency financial assistance for Louisiana and other southern states ravaged by recent floods.

Democrats were adamant that if flood relief money was included in the CR, then funding for Flint had to be approved as well. However, an agreement reached earlier this week assured swift passage of a water resources development bill that authorizes federal aid for Flint. The House took the final legislative steps to approve the bill on Wednesday. Flood relief money was included in the CR as well as $1.1 billion to combat the Zika crisis.

Congress adjourned for recess after passing the CR allowing its members to return to their home states. It will reconvene after the November elections for a lame duck session to address another deadline for federal spending legislation.